What are the advantages of using Scout as a narrator?

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phutchison | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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The story is told from the point of view of Scout, a young, innocent child.  We see the action through her eyes.  She is completely without prejudice, unlike many of the adult characters in the novel.  Scout sees the good qualities in all people, no matter what their skin color.  She is curious and this quality allows the author to reveal much about the main characters, as well as the plot and the resolution of the conflicts in the novel.

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The novel is told from a child's perspective. Children are a model of innocence, therefore, using Scout's voice calls much stronger attention to the character defects of the adults involved.  The world must therefore be explained through Scout in clear terms.  Most of the time, Scout's young age and ignorance point out serious flaws in the other Maycomb residents.  Her voice  also showcases Atticus's heroic qualities, Calpurnia's strength, Jem's loyalty, Dill's imagination, Boo Radley's mysteriousness, Tom Robinson's innocence, and the racist men's hatred.

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